ObamaCare Masterminds Cashing In as Lobbyists

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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It’s for the people. Sure it is. The people who can afford their services. This is why we need to pass the bill to find out what’s in it. So the people who really wrote it can have lucrative careers telling major corporations what’s really in it.

ObamaCare has become big business for an elite network of Washington lobbyists and consultants who helped shape the law from the inside.

More than 30 former administration officials, lawmakers and congressional staffers who worked on the healthcare law have set up shop on K Street since 2010.

Because they care. They really care.

Veterans of the healthcare push are now lobbying for corporate giants such as Delta Airlines, UPS, BP America and Coca-Cola, and for healthcare companies including GlaxoSmithKline, UnitedHealth Group and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

Sure ObamaCare may be costing a lot of small jobs, but it created a small amount of really big jobs too.

Experts say that those able to fetch the highest salaries have come from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) or committees with oversight power over healthcare.

No corruption or conflicts of interest to see here.

Watchdogs say the rise of the ObamaCare lobbyist is another example of the “revolving door” that turns public service into private enrichment.

“After passage of major legislation, those who have networks on Capitol Hill take exceedingly lucrative jobs with the same industries subject to the legislation,” said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Public Citizen. “It raises questions about the [bill's] integrity.”

The bill’s integrity. That is a good one.

The firm Avenue Solutions, for instance, recently hired Yvette Fontenot, a former staffer for both the Senate Finance Committee, which wrote ObamaCare’s tax-related provisions, and HHS’ Office of Health Reform, which is assisting the implementation.

Since her hire in April, the four-woman firm has picked up the Health Care Service Corporation as a client, and Fontenot is now lobbying for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association as well.

The Democratic firm banks about $3 million in revenue per year, records show, but is on pace for growth in 2013, earning $1.8 million through the first half of the year.

Lots of companies may be firing people because of ObamaCare, but Democratic parasites are hiring the people responsible.

 

  • pupsncats

    This has been the case for a long time. One of the perks of getting elected to Congress is, if you choose not to make it a lifetime career, or if you are hired as a staffer, you know you have a great chance of getting hired as a consultant, board member, lobbyist, or employee of companies willing to pay you for the contacts you made while in Washington and the influence you might have with those you know who are still in Congress.

    That is what “public service” means to the criminals, incompetents, and anti-America politicians that are the norm rather than the exception. Their service is to enrich themselves, family members, and campaign donors through the public trough while in office and then further enrich themselves when they leave office.

  • glpage

    No ethics… how to succeed in government related business.

  • chuckster

    If we had a dollar for everytime we have caught Obutthole doing something wrong we could pay off the debt

  • Naresh Krishnamoorti

    According to Transparency International, corruption in America under Obama is increasing at a faster rate than in any other country in the world, except Cuba, Dominica, and Burkina Faso.
    Take heart, though. There are still some countries, like Uzbekistan and Somalia, that are more corrupt than Obama’s America.